Little Free Libraries are more than just quaint little boxes that people put up in their front yards. Cities and organizations around the country are putting them up 5, 10 or 20 at a time to serve a variety of purposes. The city of Brantford, Ontario put their own creative spin on the 10 Little Free Libraries they placed around town.
One of the most meaningful rewards of having a Little Free Library happens when someone jots down a simple thank-you note and leaves it in your Library. Here are ten of our favorites—some heartbreaking, some humorous, all uplifting.
How did a town of just 30,000 people wind up with over 100 Little Libraries? Little Free Library steward Mary Lindsey shares how she accomplished so much in so little time.
In this series, we’ll meet Action Book Clubs from around the country that are reading good books and doing good things to benefit their communities. These are Action Book Clubs in action!
Whether you’re a Daisy, a Brownie, a Junior or a Cadette, starting one or more Little Free Libraries could be the perfect way for you to impact your community by improving access to books, and encouraging a love of reading. Here are five success stories (including tips and best practices, too!) of other Girl Scouts…
Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks are on a mission to bring Little Free Libraries to Litchfield, Connecticut and the surrounding towns. But some of their Little Free Library book exchanges don’t only share books. Jaacks and Buckens expanded on the traditional “Take a Book, Return a Book” idea…
Douglas and Jean Chadwick, co-founders of the Literacy Club, together with the Redlands Police Department, came up with a brilliant idea: could we build a trailer that could be transformed into a mobile library that the police could take to community events and hand out free books?
“When I found out that Little Free Library was going to donate a Library to me, I was overwhelmed! It was just so kind, which is unusual, sometimes, for people to reach out and help you like that. When it arrived in the mail, I sat down on the floor, and I was literally in tears of happiness.” Read the rest of this sweet steward story…
Why would anyone vandalize a Little Free Library? I set out to shed some light on the culprits behind Little Free Library vandalism. I talked to several stewards who had dealt with vandalism, and each one actually discovered who had committed the crime. As it turns out, when someone damages a Library …
Steward Rhonda Adams Got 150 People to Attend her Library’s Grand Opening (and She Shares Exactly How She Did It!)
Rhonda managed to get around 150 people to attend her Little Free Library’s Grand Opening and just about the whole town knew about it, which is one of the most wildly successful events we’ve heard of! She didn’t do anything crazy or exceptional, either. In fact, she followed a simple series of steps that just about anyone can take.
See how a Little Free Library in a Rhode Island Zoo impacts hundreds of children and adults each day. Plus, some tips from the audacious steward on how to get a Library started in your own organization.
Occasionally, someone “steals” a Little Free Library. It’s a baffling event for everyone involved. It’s easy to get disheartened, but we’ve noticed a positive trend around Library theft, and this story from Nicole Breazeale is the perfect example.
At least once per month, I wind up in a coffee shop somewhere, tears threatening to overflow, sniffling as I stare at my computer screen. This usually happens because one of you amazing stewards has shared a photo or story of how your Library made a big impact in someone’s life…
Steward Ron Smith started a Little Free Library for about $60 and shares his favorite resources, how he keeps people interested and why he started geocacheing.
Brent and Maren Jensen converted a British Phone Booth into a Little Library, and here they share their dos and don’ts, how they got started and how they maintain their Library.
Steward Sandy Freel recently lost her husband of 60 years and was diagnosed with a serious illness; she stopped doing the things she loved and kept to herself. All of that changed when she started a Little Free Library and made some unexpected connections.
Why are Little Free Library book exchanges special? Surely, free-sharing bookshelves have existed in coffee shops and other locations around the world before Little Free Libraries took off in 2009…
Do you know someone who isn’t quite sold on Little Libraries? Looking to make a case for why they are important and valuable? Look no further. Madison is in 3rd grade and she loves Little Free Libraries…like, really loves them. She might be the most enthusiastic supporter we have met so far.
“Success! Without a doubt, yesterday’s build provided Evan with a life-long memory.” These are the words of the Heidi Peterson, who came to visit Little Free Library headquarters in Hudson, Wisconsin with her son Evan a few months ago.